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Course Calendar

Please note that this calendar is designed to be flexible: we may make changes along the way, depending on your interests and the needs of the class. Should you miss a class, you are responsible for knowing about—and adjusting for—any changes. Professional protocols and collegiality call for you to alert us if you’ll be missing on a day when we’re having a workshop or when you are scheduled to present materials.

Week 1
Introductions & course goals

T. 1/13 In class: Introductions, key terms, course goals
Due: course survey
Th.1/15 Reading: “Much Respect: Toward a Hip-Hop Theory of Punishment” (bring your annotated copy)

Week 2
Summary and analysis in academic reading

T. 1/20 In class: Summary and analysis
Reading: “Much Respect: Toward a Hip-Hop Theory of Punishment” (bring your annotated copy)
Due: Reading notes
Th.1/22 In class: Summary and analysis, continued
Reading: “Much Respect”
Due: Paragraph map

Week 3
Oral & written presentations of your analyses

T.1/27 In class: Rhetorical précis
Reading: “Hip-Hop History and Historiography” HHSR, 1-30
Due: Rhetorical précis
Th.1/29 In class: Revising and editing our rhetorical précis
Reading: “Hip-Hop History and Historiography” continued
Due: Rhetorical précis
Background: From Jamel Shabazz, Back In The Days

Week 4
Planning and drafting a textual analysis

T.2/3 In class: Differences between summary and analysis
Reading: Hip Hop Culture and the Authenticity Debates, HHSR, 57-154
Due: Rhetorical précis
Th. 9/24 No class: Winter Carnival

Week 5
Why you’ll want to be in good writing groups the next several years

T. 2/10 In class: Writing Hip Hop
Reading: “Rapper’s Delight” Turns 25 (NPR)
Due: Textual Analysis, first draft (bring three copies)
Th. 2/12 In class: Writing, Revising, Editing, and Proofreading Workshop

Week 6
From text to context

T.2/17 In class: What is the “culture” of hip hop?
Background: “Ain’t No Love in the Heart of the City,” HHSR 155-246
Due: Textual analysis, final draft
Th.2/20 No class: work on OED assignment
Whether you be wealthy or thrifty, ugly or pretty
Everybody’s tryin to get 50’s and 100’s
I taught this at UCLA just off Sunset
Now run get “Ruminations”
It’s a book that I published for the healing of this nation
In just a few chapters we run through, some possible solutions
Cause at the end of the day
It’s all a struggle

Week 7
Research: does what we find change who we become?

T. 2/24 In class: bring your photocopied OED entry
Th. 2/26 In class: Describing the composition, distribution, and reception of a hip hop text
Reading: “Straight Outta Compton” (NWA); “Straight Outta Compton” (Nina Gordon)
Due: Oxford English Dictionary (OED) project

Week 8
Planning and drafting a contextual analysis

T. 3/3 In class: Proposal writing workshop
Due: Proposal draft (bring three photocopies)
Th.3/5 In class: Contextual analysis writing workshop: integrating sources
Due: Three bibliographic sources in rhetorical and contextual précis form

Week 9
Research, context, and reception

T. 3/17 In class: Hip Hop & Gender
Reading: Hip Hop & Gender, HHSR 247-306

Th. 3/19 In class: Contextual analysis writing workshop; incorporating sources, continued a
Due: Contextual Analysis first draft (bring three photocopies)Background: Hip Hop & Gender, continued & Las Mujeres de Hip Hop Cubano

Week 10
Research, context, and reception

T. 3/24 Reading: I Used to Love H.E.R.: Hip Hop in/and the Culture Industries, HHSR 493-578
Due: In-class writing
Th. 3/26 Reading: I Used to Love H.E.R., continued, HHSR
Due: Contextual Analysis second draft

Week 11
Research, context, and reception: intellectual property & hip hop

T. 3/31 In class: What Would a Hip Hop Theory of Copyright Look Like?
Reading: U.S. Copyright Law
§ 102. Subject matter of copyright

§ 107. Limitations on exclusive rights: Fair use
Th. 4/2 In class: Digital Music Sampling & Hip Hop
Reading: Ninth Wonder: The Art of Hip-Hop Sampling

Week 12
Hip Hop & You

T. 4/7 In class: Planning, proposing, and performing an Inquiry Project
Reading: Tupac: A Thug Life
Due: Inquiry project proposal
Th. 4/9 In class: Inquiry Project Planning, continued
Reading: Tupac: A Thug Life

Week 13
Hip Hop Inquiry Project Workshops

T. 4/14 Inquiry Project Workshops
Th. 4/16 Inquiry Project Workshops

Week 14
Hip Hop Inquiry Project Presentations

T. 4/21 Inquiry Project Presentations
Th. 4/23 Inquiry Project Presentations

Final Exam Week

M. 4/27 Due 5:00 p.m., to 112 Walker:
Inquiry Project & Reflection Letter
“It ain’t where ya from
it’s where ya at!”
— KRS-ONE, Ruminations

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